Virgin Atlantic and Air New Zealand have signed a code sharing agreement offering more flexibility and choice on routings between the UK and New Zealand for both carriers’ passengers.
This code share agreement follows a long history of interline cooperation, including a reciprocal Frequent Flyer Partnership between the two airlines, with passengers already travelling on routes between the UK and New Zealand on each other’s services. Both airlines offer highly complementary products and services and a seamless transfer experience for customers making connections across their networks. Air New Zealand’s Business Premier cabin has a version of Virgin Atlantic’s Upper Class Suite so passengers can enjoy the same award winning comfort when flying on both carriers.
Steve Ridgway, Chief Executive of Virgin Atlantic commented:
“We are thrilled to announce this new code share with Air New Zealand. With award winning business class and Premium Economy products along with the excellent service onboard, both airlines complement each other perfectly and we are sure that passengers will enjoy the advantages of this new partnership.”
Rob Fyfe, Chief Executive Officer of Air New Zealand commented:
“This new code share agreement provides yet further connectivity options for our customers as well as providing important connectivity for Virgin Atlantic customers to New Zealand and also the Cook Islands.”
Passengers will be able to book with Virgin Atlantic to travel on connecting journeys on the following Air New Zealand routes using Virgin’s VS flight code:
Los Angeles – Rarotonga
San Francisco – Auckland
Sydney – Auckland
Sydney – Christchurch
Sydney - Wellington
Auckland – Christchurch
Auckland – Wellington
Auckland – Rarotonga
Air New Zealand’s passengers will be able to book on Virgin Atlantic’s services between London Heathrow and San Francisco and between Hong Kong and Sydney for connecting journeys using Air New Zealand’s NZ flight code.
The two carriers expect the code share to come into force on 28 February 2011 after obtaining the relevant government approvals.